Columbus Crew SC has four points already in this three-match-in-eight-day stretch after Wednesday’s win over the Philadelphia Union and has a chance to close this congested stretch without a loss after tying at Seattle the Seattle Sounders over the weekend. The home side has rebounded from three straight losses with a four-game point streak, including two wins.
On Saturday evening, the Chicago Fire come to MAPFRE Stadium. The Fire also played midweek, defeating the Montreal Impact 1-0. After an early-season slide, the visitors’ form has improved, with two wins in their last five games. The team is starting adapt to their lengthy injury list and have put together a string of good performances.
This is the second meeting of the season between the two after Chicago defeated Crew SC 1-0 on April 7, a disappointing game for the Black & Gold as they created several chances, but weren't able to finish.
89’ Zardes off for Adam Jahn.
75’ Pipa’s corner is headed off the post by Zardes.
73’ Grella off for Cristian Martinez.
70’ Clark looks to feed Grella at the top of the penalty box, but the veteran leaves it for Zardes who buries his second of the day and eighth of the year! 3-0 Crew SC.
57’ Yellow card to Zardes for diving after the keeper raced out to deny him.
56’ Higuain fires a rocket shot from outside the penalty area, but it comes back off the post.
54’ The dribble moves are on tonight! This time its Grella going around a defender in the penalty box. His shot was over the bar though.
50’ Hansen dribbles down the sideline with some crafty moves, turns into the box and cuts it back to Zardes. It’s an easy finish for Gyasi. 2-0 Crew SC.
46’ Second half is underway!
HT: Crew SC 1 Fire 0
44’ Collier in another good spot in the box, but he puts it way over the crossbar.
38’ An Afful-Higuain give-and-go leads to a dangerous cross that Sanchez has to parry away. Lucky there wasn’t a #CrewSC player there to tap it in.
30’ Fire with a free kick from a dangerous position as Artur fouled Katai. Steffen makes a diving save to deny the free kick.
29’ Higuain roofs the penalty kick. Crew SC up 1-0.
27’ Gyasi is pulled down inside the box. Crew SC will get a spot kick.
24’ A bad touch from Steffen deflects right to Katai with a wide open goal. He heads it wide.
21’ Collier nearly gives the Fire the lead. His shot from inside the penalty area strikes the post.
12’ A flurry of efforts in the penalty box off the corner. A Hansen acrobatic kick and Crew SC want a penalty. Referee didn’t call it. Corner kick instead.
10’ Santos is off. He could hardly run. Niko Hansen on for him.
10’ Santos plays Afful into the penalty box and the right back his the post for the second time in two games!
1’ Santos already on the sideline. Looks like they’re looking at his hamstring.
1’ We’re underway from MAPFRE Stadium!
Ralph Schudel looks at how the now hot Fire are rolling. Pat Murphy has a note about a new Crew SC player signed for tonight, as Jon Busch was given a ceremonial one-day contract to retire in black and goal. The staff is pretty confident in their predictions for tonight’s match.
Crew SC: The injury report only has one name as Goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard remains out after left thumb surgery. Eduardo Sosa is reportedly fit enough for selection, despite not making the bench on Wednesday.
Fire: The injury list is long for the visitors. Jon Bakero is out due to an injured right ankle. Drew Conner is also out due to a gastroc injury in his right calf. Michael de Leeuw remains on the long-term injury list due to his left ACL tear. Djorjde Mihailovic is recovering from his right ACL reconstruction. Matt Polster is working back from a left MCL injury, while Luis Solignac hasn’t fully recovered from his left quad injury.
How to watch:
Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30 p.m. ET
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
TV: The CW Columbus, MyTV Columbus, Spectrum Sports